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need to be retrained so they understand what the new laws are concerning disabilities and concerning seniors. besides that, i am concerned about the greatest illness in our community. and the greatest illness in the senior community is depression. that depression is going to continue to exist as long as people are worried about how they're going to eat their next meal, how they are going to stay out of the rain, and how they will be able to get the medications they need. i would like to suggest that the board come up with some eight -- some way of managing not for profits who service seniors. there's so much money wasted by duplicated programs and programs that are not doing what they are being paid to do. it is up to you to monitor that money, to make sure it is going where it is supposed to go, to the seniors will need it, and that those seniors are given the best that they can with the
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amount of money that the city has. thank you for your time. >> good evening. my name is charles douglas mclean and i'm from north market. i heard they're going to cut the program. i hope they do not because we need it. i need it, anyway, you guys do not need it. i wish you would come by and look at it and let everybody know. thank you very much. >> fellow. my name is gail switzer and at a board member for next village, san francisco. it is a nonprofit community organization providing residents of san francisco's northeast corridor with the practical means to live safely and
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practically live in their communities as they age. we covered telegraph, russian hill, polka and the waterway. our first goal is to for fell 80% of requests for services with the work of our volunteer corps. according to the budget analyst report of 2011, 25% of residents surveyed in the zip code 94133, which is the heart of our neighborhood, were 60 years of age or older with a medium annual income of 48,700 compared to $78,000 on average. an income below $40,000 does
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not allow for the additional expenses needed one needs to -- the additional expenses one needs to adapt their home. it is difficult to leave and find other neighborhoods that might be more suitable to a senior, such as not being on a hill, having no steps, accessible rooms, etc. we provide services to help this population. we provide transportation to doctors, dentists, writes for ahrens, a grocery shopping, etc. -- rides for errrands course for shopping, etc.. i wanted to ask the supervisors that if we are targeting that made group -- that little group
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that anne in and spoke about -- >> thank you. i would like to ask that next time you be a part of the presentation. you should get to know a lot of the groups here today. i hope you start working with them together. you definitely address the needs of a particular group that needs attention here in san francisco. i want you to be part of the bigger discussion instead of an outsider, which i do not think you are. -- outlyer, which i do not think you are. i'm hoping you can get together with the senior action network so that you can be included in in the discussion. gregg's we have been working in a lot of the neighborhoods. >> that is an integral part of it. >> thanks. >> good afternoon, supervisors.
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my name is marilyn, and i'm a social manager case worker with meals on wheels. i'm here to represent one of our clients, "c" we will call her. mrs. c cannot be here herself. she is homebound and blind and she currently resides in public housing. mrs. c approached me with a problem that suddenly manifest in recent years that seems to be an ongoing fight for our seniors and disabled americans. she clearly needs in home support services to assist her with babying -- abating, grooming, the basic activities of daily living.
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however, because her income became $1,600 per month since the death of her husband, her new share is $1,050. this would only leave her $550 out of her income. her rent is $618 per month in public housing. this means that she would not be able to purchase food, pay pg&e, and other necessities. as a social worker, the opportunity to see and witness the plight of our seniors as they struggle to develop without the help of support services is not only hard -- harmful, by -- but its could give them the opportunity to thrive and enjoyed their twilight years. cracks -- >> madam chair, i am a
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senior, and a senior mou has dedicated his life -- who has dedicated his life working on behalf of other seniors who are not as fortunate. many years ago i used to work -- i started working with the senior action network. i started working to advocate for affordable housing and seniors. however, we were not that fortunate. i am here today to tell you that
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if you are thinking about the money for the social program for seniors, please do all you can to put more money than what is given already. i attend a senior center. and in my humble opinion, it is the best senior center in this area. the south is very considerate, and especially the director. she really turned that center around.
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>> thank you. is there additional public comment? >> good afternoon, supervisors. my name is lovely to and i'm the director of senior services of the san francisco. right now, we need an increase in doing business in this city. for the last five years we have not had one. you have heard that the seniors and disabled population is fast increasing in number, and without an increase in doing business with the city cannot imagine we -- what could happen. -- with the city, imagine what could happen. we are here to work with you to find solutions in this city. thank you. >> thank you.
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>> good afternoon. i actually had not planned to testify today. i just came to support the services, but i feel moved to speak on behalf of the homebound seniors who cannot be here today. i am the director of social work for meals on wheels. i have been there for more than 15 years and i did home visits with the seniors for the first nine and a half years, so i've seen many homebound seniors. we currently have over 1800 that just rely on the services that they are provided, a home delivered meals, the senior sites for the more mobile seniors. i wanted to plead with you on behalf of the homebound seniors who cannot get out to speak for their needs how important the
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services are for them. thank you for listening to all of us. [applause] >> may i have the overhead, please? >> my name is james and i'm a case manage mayor -- case manager at cannon case seniors and their. -- seniors center. we need to turn to creative ways of problem-solving that to not require higher costs. i submit the following. there are seniors who are disabled and frail who travel as much as eight byatt's -- 8 mi.
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to access shelters in the city, sometimes standing 17 hours a day and carry their earthly possessions with them. ysabel cost-effective way of solving this would be to provide -- a simple, cost- effective way of solving this would be to provide bus tokens provided by the resource centers when all of their beds reserved at that center have been committed and retry -- and require seniors to travel to the next center. often, seniors are required to get -- to carry their luggage and a have more -- and they have more than allowed in the emergency shelters, resulting in them at the mine them entrance. why not use the vacant places in the city to provide additional storage to get seniors a bad.
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seniors are often evicted without any transitional plan. why not restore for five senior beds? lastly, i encourage you to think creatively and as humanitarian spirit thank you. >> -- humanitarians. thank you. >> thank you. >> i have a long list of things i would like to talk about, but two minutes is never enough. i want to thank you for holding this hearing and making it is -- a suggestion. agencies are always willing to come to the board of supervisors
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any time, but seniors, it is more difficult in terms of their health and their transportation and their lunch schedule. i think we would have heard from more seniors and not so much from agencies. but i want to encourage you to invite the agency's back. you have some unusual things going on that you might not know about. there is only one nonprofit choice for an alzheimer's residential program. the citizenship was provided by a supervisor, mabel tang, when clinton cut assistance to immigrants, mabel tang designated money for the elderly to become citizens.
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and it worked. these are things that would be helpful for supervisors to know more about. there used to be senior shelters, and that makes a lot of sense. there are no senior shelters now. seniors who are homeless do not get the kind of service they need. and also, the issue of people not having enough and they have not gotten a cost-of-living increase, what that does is they will have to reduce service. unless you are calling to shut them down or get federal funds for those meals, then you've got to. you cannot serve as many people. some of the questions that we raised could be looked at. >> thank you. is there any additional public comment? seeing none -- seeing none, public comment is closed.
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i want to thank everyone for staying out and testifying. i would like to ask that we continue this item to the call of the chair and have a second conversation that focuses more on some solutions. i think there has been plenty prevented that identifies some of the issues and some of the problems. we've had senior sro hearings, hearings on the lgbt community spirit i am becoming more familiar with the issues --and e of those issues. we have meals on wheels and planning for elders, st. anthony's, so i think russian of some in between conversations and then come back with some solutions and really maybe put those solutions out for discussion for service
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providers, case managers, and others. another issue that has been brought to my attention over the past few years is the issue of those who really are not able to remain aging in place or living in their homes, and we are seeing a lot of reductions in those types of services and other accommodations, so i think might be interested in understanding how we are looking at that issue. from a city's perspective. so, again, i want to thank all of you for being here, and i think there is it 1:00 hearing. i am not sure if it is here or else, but as was mentioned, let's focus on some solution, and another issue that has come up before, and maybe they could
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spend some time looking at it, but i think coordination of services, i think there are a lot of services out there. i do not know if there are people who could not necessarily benefit from those services, so we can talk about that. maybe we can have the in between meeting and come back here and discuss some solutions, shelter beds or whatever. supervisor elsbernd: thank you, supervisor olague, supervisors, and all who came out here. we will continue this. is there anything else? clerk johnson: no, mr. chair. chair elsbernd: ok, with that,
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this meeting is adjourned. ♪ >> good afternoon. and welcome. welcome to san francisco. my name is lisa villareal, and i am here during this lunch representing not only the coalition for community schools, but also president and ceo of these and francisco foundation. she could not join us to introduce the mayor of san francisco. let me tell you a bit about our mayor and let me tell you about the passion he has for community schools. rarely do we find an elected
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official, and mayor that comes with so many vital skills and experiences that relate directly to powerful community engagement. from his early days as managing attorney for the asian law caucus, to key positions including the director of employment relations, director of the human rights commission, the director of city purchasing, director for public works department, and finally, city and administrator prior to his election. mayor edwin lee has experienced every civic perspective. his dedication and a passion for children and youth are evident by his extraordinary support for the san francisco department of children, youth, and families. one of the first national city based initiatives to support children and youth.
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to be matched only by his outstanding partnership with the san francisco unified school district that is one that many districts across the united states within the -- would envy. they have forged a partnership to deepen schools and embrace the full-service community schools initiative across the city of san francisco. ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the forty third mayor, and the first asian-american mayor of the city and county of san francisco, mayor edwin m. lee. [applause] >> thank yo, lisaou, lisa, for t introduction. welcome to san francisco, how do you like the weather? first of all, i want to thank her and marty from the san francisco foundation and sam hernandez that is not with us
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today. they are doing a good job with our educators to make sure that the school district is never isolated. i knolerned that -- learned that a long time ago. the best cities are the ones that place education at the very center of what we are trying to do as mayors. i want to welcome the mayors of lincoln, nebraska and hartford, connecticut. thank you for being here. i want to welcome the various school board members and administrators that are here today on this important topic of community schools, thank you for coming to san francisco. thank you for taking this opportunity to learn from each other how we can do better. i was talking with my education adviser, hydra mendoza.
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it doesn't go a week that we don't talk to each other about the value of education. whether it is hurt, carlos garcia, or the incoming superintendent, we will always place education at the center of our agendas. that is what we have to do. i can't conceive of any city in the country who would not place education the highest part of their agenda. it just doesn't seem like you are a city if you don't do that. in san francisco, we value that because we are knowledgeable. we know how important it is not only for our kids, but the role of education and everything that we do. and the fact that our community school concept is alive and well and our city -- in our city.
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we have had those years where we look at the school district and we say, wait a minute, we don't have to work with them. they are a state agency. and the state gave it up and they keep giving it up. we keep having to respond. for me, i am sick and tired of responding to what the state is not going to do that we have to anticipate the bad news and we have to embrace these school districts and to make sure that they are always part of our city. that is why we have been working on ideas and programs to make sure the health department is engaged. to make sure our public safety agencies are engaged with the school district. our mayor's office, the budget office, the board of supervisors. all the other elected officials have to find some way to engage our school district, the administrators. that is why i have been talking
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all morning about how to get a meeting with the ceos. yes, our principles of our school district. they are like the ceos. we have to engage everybody to make sure that we are doing the right things to balancing all the things that they need to run a successful school property and a school program. i benefited from public education many years ago. now that i am 60, those years are being recollected slower. as a recipient of public education, i have known for some many years that i was and passion that -- i was passionate about succeeding as an individual. there are more barriers to success these days. financial barriers. every time we turn around, there is another barrier presented to
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successful education. that is why the cities must be involved and the community schools have to be a concept that everybody embraces. i want to thank you for holding this important meeting here because we have been trying to champion the whole community schools concept. we know that the success of our kids have to do with everybody being involved. from army dunton to carlos garcia -- arne duncan to carlos garcia and everyone involved with this movement, we have to involve everybody at the early stage. we can't let our schools fail by allowing them to be isolated. with your help, with your ideas, with the programs that are the foundations that we are coordinating and implementing, the greater idea is to involve everyone else in the community with our schools, that is going to be, i think, the way out.
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the only thing -- the other thing that i would like you to know, the other efforts are to involve more of our businesses with our schools. in san francisco, we are leading the effort to make sure that the technology companies in of a -- innovate and find success as part of our city. i would like that success of innovation that many technology companies are bringing to their businesses to also happen with our school district. i know that if we can innovate our way to better taxi dispatch is like we are doing with technology companies were better ways to service delivery, we can also innovate ways in which education can be a greater part of every kids' lives and all parents. and making sure that we can use technology and the business community to do that. we will be introducing these
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ideas, working with our principles, working with the school boards and the superintendent to make sure that we can also link the businesses that are doing great things and discovering fantastic ideas of businesses. we can also link them to the school districts and make them an innovative part. thank you for being here, thank you for sharing, and thank you for being part of our great movement of community schools in our city and our country. thank you very much. [applause] >> enjoy your lunch, we will resume the program and about 10 minutes. -- in about ten minutes.
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